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SHIRLEY — One hundred years ago, on March 12, Juliette Gordon Lowe held a meeting of what would grow to become the Girl Scouts of America.

She started with 18 girls, but the popular organization has now grown to have 3.2 million members.

In Shirley, Girl Scouting began with one troop in 1928 with Lucy Longley as one of the first leaders. Over the years, that original town organization expanded and developed to include Brownies, Juniors, Seniors, Cadettes, Explorers, and Daisies with over one hundred women and girls taking part at one time.

On Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m., the Shirley Historical Society Museum will open their new display all about the history of Girl Scouting in Shirley. Uniforms, badges, and handbooks from many age levels and many eras will be on display.

Names of Shirley Scouts and Scout leaders are being collected. A typical camp site in miniature will also be on display. There will be posters created by some of our current troops, showing what 21st century Girl Scouts do. Some of the girls will model antique uniforms as part of the program. The refreshments for the program will be some of the cookies that funded many Scout activities over the years.

The museum is located at 182 Center Road, admission is always free, and visitors and researchers are always welcome. Phone 978-425-9328 or go to www.shirleyhistory.org for more information.